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Thirteenth death reported in Airdrie from COVID-19 as vaccine eligibility expanded

Two additional deaths have been reported over the weekend, bringing the total to 13 in Airdrie due to COVID-19.

Two additional deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Airdrie over the weekend, bringing the total to 13.

According to, there have been a total of 1,635 cases of the virus in Airdrie as of Jan. 11. Of those, 185 are considered active and 1,437 people have recovered. Airdrie has a case rate of 264 per 100,000 population, which is down seven from the day previous. 

As students settle back into classroom learning, there are currently no schools with listed outbreaks posted on the Province's COVID-19 school status map

Outside of Airdrie city limits, according to the COVID-19 regional status map, Rocky View County (RVC) is reporting 87 active cases, two more than the day previous.

On the east side of the county, Chestermere is now at 60 active cases, one fewer than the day previous, while on the northwest side of RVC, Cochrane is reporting 55 cases, two more than the day previous.

There are currently no schools listed on the Province's status map in RVC. No schools in Chestermere or Cochrane are listed, either.

Provincially, there have been a total of 112,091 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta as of Jan. 11, with 639 new cases reported Jan. 11. Of the total cases, 13,917 are considered active, 96,867 people have recovered, 811 patients are in hospital and 130 Albertans are in intensive care units. In total, 1,307 deaths have been reported in the province due to the virus.

Vaccines continue to be administered by the Province. As of Jan. 10, 46,791 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alberta, according to a government press release, equating to 1,058 doses per 100,000 population. Premier Jason Kenney said 50,000 doses were anticipated to be surpassed by the end of the day on Jan. 11.

Also on Jan. 11, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced an expansion of the Province's current vaccine eligibility to include paramedics and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders.

“Paramedics are on the front line, first and foremost as health-care workers,” he said during a press conference. “They are a vital component of our COVID response and I know that all paramedics are working day in and day out to keep Albertans safe.”

Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Jan. 11 that after approximately 46,000 vaccinations, the Province has reported seven adverse events following immunization.

"They are not necessarily caused by the vaccine, but if a health problem happens after an immunization, we want to know so we can evaluate it," she said. "Of the seven events reported, most were minor such as swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, or a rash. There were three that involved an allergic reaction. None of these were determined to be anaphylactic reactions."

Hinshaw said having a limited number of adverse events is common in any immunization program.

"Allergic reactions can happen with any medication, vaccine, or even food," she said. "Being ready to respond to an allergic reaction is a critical part of every immunization program. We will continue to closely monitor and report adverse events, and what we have seen so far is consistent with what was reported in the vaccine trials."